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Revised County Clare Wetland Map Published

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As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a revised map of wetlands in County Clare has just been completed. 

The wetland sites previously mapped in Clare were those which have been reported in wide range of published sources and identified as part of the Clare Wetland Map Project 2008 for which survey data existed. 

The most recent wetland site additions to the Clare wetland map are “new or potential” wetland sites located through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data, together with habitat mapping studies undertaken in east Clare between 2008 and 2010. Prior to this most recent review, 389 wetland sites had been identified within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 361 wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites identified in Clare to 750. 

The majority of the “new” potential sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. Future county wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 11,641 wetland sites for Ireland.

© Peter Foss 2012